Sunday, October 12, 2014

Backpacking Fossil Springs

Now that it's October and starting to cool off a little we have to get out and play before it gets too hot again. The next few months is like our Summer. 

We went with some friends on a overnight, backpacking trip to Fossil Springs. 


It was about a 3 hour drive and then we started hiking. 





I was so excited to go backpacking. I'd never been until now. Luckily Jake had two backpacks and a small tent from his boy scout days. 




After 5 miles we found a great camping spot. Right next to the cleanest, clearest river I've ever seen. 


It was about 5 pm so we decided to go and check out the waterfall. I didn't necessarily plan on jumping that night but decided I couldn't resist! It was COLD.



We could see some dark clouds rolling in and then the brightest rainbow so we decided we better make it back to camp. 


As soon as we got back to camp is starting pouring down rain. Buckets! We all hung out in their tent (since ours was TINY TINY TINY) until the rain stopped. When it did the men cooked us some super gourmet roman noodles in the dark!

We all hung out in the tent for several hours laughing and joking until Jake and I crawled (literally) into our tent. It's SO small! I think it was 3 ft tall and 3 ft wide!


Luckily we woke up to some steam and sunshine!



Jake was wearing a pretty fantastic outfit the next morning… I had to document!





We went back to the waterfall and swam around a bit. We went into a cave that was so cool. There was even a part of the cave (above Dave's head) that Jake and I tried rock climbing. I was actually impressed at how well we did. 



 We did a bit more jumping… 


It took a lot of guts to jump off the waterfall. Not only because it was high but because you had to launch yourself off the top. There was a huge rock at the bottom that stuck out at least 8 ft. Luckily gravity helps. 




That's probably my new favorite picture.


There was a really cool 'toilet bowl' sort of thing to one side of the falls where you swim under the rock and get up in there… or you could jump in. But the water was pretty crazy looking and I didn't want to jump in- but the guys did. 


After swimming for a while and going in another cave that was under one of the waterfalls we decided to hike back to camp for lunch: Tuna, salmon and crackers. 


After lunch we packed up camp and hiked back. The weirdest thing was that the hike was just as hard going out as it was coming in! We all had an amazing time and I seriously loved it so much. Maybe in 12-15 years we'll go back and camp with our kids :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Twenty Eight

I love birthdays. I love MY birthday. But I kind-of had a weird birthday this year. It was Yesterday. 


We went out Friday night with the Millers and had a great time. Who couldn't have a great time at the Cheesecake Factory?! 

But I'm going through a weird stage in my life which involves obsessing and worrying about the number of kids in our family. Have you ever seen the Disney movie Tangled? The scene where Rapunzel goes back and forth between feeling empowered and guilt for leaving the tower SOOOOOO sums up how I'm feeling and for some reason I was majorly struggling with this Friday night.


(P.S. you know how married people start to look more and more like each other the longer they've been married?.. I feel like Jake and I are starting to get there, lol!)

At least I looked cute and Julia gave me a hat :)


The young women in our ward came and heart attacked my front door Monday night and I saw it first thing in the morning on my birthday because Breckie was up at 5 am. 




Jake brought me home Cafe Rio salad and Kneaders brownies for lunch. It was a nice surprise!


Breckie and I hung out while Everett was at preschool and Breckie even told me "Happy Birthday!" I recorded it on my phone and it's totally cute!!
I made dinner and then we had "ice cream cake"


And then we took the 'it's-someones-birthday' family picture... except we took five because we couldn't get Breckie to look at the camera. 


So… my day was great. But it just never really felt like it was my birthday. I don't know??!


It was probably because Breckie woke up so early and there wasn't like a moment when birthday things were consolidated into a "birthday event." Dinner was on Friday, Jake gave me my (AMAZING!!!) unwrapped gifts randomly on Saturday, and there just wasn't a cake or 28 candles or a birthday card on my birthday.


  I feel dumb saying that my day was great and not great at the same time.


I probably sound like a huge snob but apparently those things matter to me more than I thought because I cried two different times about the lack of birthday on my birthday!


  Sounds like I just need to get my emotions under control but I've always looked forward to my birthday and this year it just came and went in a bunch of different pieces. 

The hilarious thing is that I got this birthday card in the mail from my mom last week:


Haha, it was like a fortune cookie birthday card! She also texted me a picture from a birthday past… apparently I've always been a big fan of stripes :)